Do you commonly experience headaches in the morning?
If you wake up with headaches it may be an indication of a more complex dental health concern. Reoccurring headaches are often a symptom of issues such as bruxism, TMJ, or sleep apnea. If you commonly wake up with headaches, be sure to let your dentist know. Dr. Heather Adams may be able to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan for the relief of chronic headaches that are being caused by an oral health related problem.
Dr. Adams provides patients with a thorough bite analysis and jaw alignment evaluation at each routine dental exam. She examines the function of the bite to help find solutions for the relief of painful symptoms and to prevent damage to the teeth and gums. Our Rogers, AR dentist office uses a unique consultative approach to afford patients with the highest quality of dental care possible. We offer solutions for complex dental concerns in a comfortable, supportive environment.
Headaches & Your Oral Health
TMJ- A misalignment or malfunction of the jaw joint causes a painful bite disorder known as TMJ or TMD. TMJ occurs when the temporomandibular joint is misaligned causing added stress or tension to the complex system of muscles and nerves in the jaw. Headaches are often associated with jaw joint stress. Treatment and TMJ therapy can address the alignment of the bite, and associated muscle tension to help alleviate painful frequent headaches.
Bruxism- Bruxism, or teeth grinding is a common cause of morning headaches. Patients often grind their teeth unknowingly during sleep causing stress on the jaw and face muscles. Patients who habitually grind their teeth may also experience broken or worn teeth. Teeth grinding can be prevented with the use of a custom oral sleep appliance.
Sleep Apnea- Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when soft tissues collapse at the back of the throat blocking the airway during sleep. Normal oxygen flow is cut off and patients wake to gasp for air. This repeated oxygen deprivation can cause patients to experience headaches when they first wake up. Patients with sleep apnea also experience chronic fatigue, dry mouth, and may wake repeatedly during the night gasping for air. Oral sleep appliance therapy may allow patients to breathe normally while they sleep to prevent a range of related health issues.